WDFW promotes C&R 4 SRC

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  1. Don Freeman

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    Just got my 2014 Regs, and saw a breath of fresh air on page 125. There is an icon on the bottom right border that reminds anglers that cutts must be released in marine waters.

    Looks like they really DO care. Kudos.
     
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    Hasn't that been the case for quite some time?
     
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    But if you wait for them to swim 100yds into the river you can bonk them.

    Makes sense.
     
  4. Bob Triggs

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    There are some people who have been pressuring W.D.F.W. for a long time to reopen harvest on sea-run Coastal Cutthroat trout in the marine waters. It's not like these people are going to go away. And there is a lot of mortality on these fish from people who use bait to fish for them, and from poaching, and from incidental mortality related to other fisheries, and as a direct consequence of catch and release fishing. I am glad to see the posters and printed warnings about the protections placed on these fish. I don't feel that is enough. And we need to do more. http://olympicpeninsulaflyfishing.blogspot.com
     
  5. Don Freeman

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    It's been the law for some time, but you had to dig through a lot of small print to find the regulation. This is a step in the direction of emphasizing protection over benign neglect.

    As Bob says in his post, there are those who promote a harvest from time to time. As long as I'm on that advisory board, you have a strong voice against it, but some help from the peanut gallery is needed as well. In the event that rule changes ARE ever introduced, public input will be crucial.

    In the meantime, there are a number of folks concerned about harvest in freshwater, but so far no one has introduced any rule change proposals to that effect. Properly done this should address drainages and seasons carefully, as a coast wide ban will be a harder sell initially.
     
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  6. Chris Bellows

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    why? does wdfw have any population data (number of spawners, etc.) on sea-run cutthroat on the coast to warrant a directed harvest?
     
  7. Don Freeman

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    No, that's exactly the point, there are no comprehensive surveys on population, neither in the 50's, when there were lots, the 80's when there were few, and now, when there are some.

    Nonetheless, there are some factions which continue to call for a renewed harvest on cutthroat in the sound, as Bob mentions in his post above.

    Fortunately, there are individuals who have been diligently doing research on a volunteer basis, working with DFW biologists to create fledgling programs to monitor spawning activities in an effort to try to figure out just what the populations are now at the very least. As the program grows, more volunteers will be needed to expand the research beyond it's beginnings here in the southernmost drainages.

    If that sound like a recruitment offer it is. I agreed to find volunteers for training this season, and as we grow the pool of qualified surveyors, the program will expand north.

    thanks for asking.
     
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    Hey Don,
    Thankyou for helping the Sea Run Cutthroats in your work - blessings.
     

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